He Said, She Said: Paul Ryan

Is Paul Ryan bad for women?


Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potentially winning new slogan for his campaign for re-election in November: ‘Paul Ryan is bad for women.’ 

As much as Romney would prefer the upcoming election to be a referendum on Obama’s financial policy, his will probably force social issues to take center stage. Romney has worked hard to avoid discussing his mixed record on topics like women’s reproductive rights and health care reform, but Ryan’s entry into the campaign trail may render that impossible.

Ryan may also erode any lasting sliver of hope Romney had of winning back the support of conservative single women who have felt alienated by the Republican Party. Ryan has been a prominent figure in the recent “war on women,” voting to defund Planned Parenthood four times and vocally supporting overturning Roe v. Wade, seeking to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest. 

Ryan also co-sponsored the federal Sanctity of Human Life Act, which sought to give a fertilized embryo all the “legal and constitution attributes and privileges of personhood.” This is in spite of the fact that personhood amendments have been thus far unpopular on state ballots and would make certain forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization treatments illegal. Ryan also supported the Protect Life Act, nicknamed the ‘Let Women Die Act’ by Democrats, that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care, even in a life-or-death situation for the mother.

In 2009, Ryan voted against the relatively uncontroversial Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which passed without his support and grants women protection from being denied equal pay for equal work. This is not to mention Ryan’s consistent lack of support for LGBT rights, his record on immigration, and his much lauded budget plan that would slash safety net programs and dismantle Medicare as we know it.

The full impact of Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate will not be known until the election in November. But as the race heats up in the next two months, it seems Ryan’s deeply conservative stances on social issues may do more harm than good. 

Sean M August 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This is typical of left wing bias in the world. Social issues and morality matter to most of this country. The War on Women was nothing more than a way to anger the base. Obamacare violates people's 1st Amendment rights on religious freedom. You cannot make someone pay for abortion and contraception when it is against their religion. This reproductive rights comment is another fallacy from the left. The liberal way for decades has done nothing but hurt women. Why get married when you have have kids and have the taxpayers fund them? That is liberals breaking up the family. Women learn the hard way that using sex first never leads to real happiness. But again why let the facts get in the way. You are wrong on what overturning Roe v. Wade would do. It would revert abortion matters to the states, which is the whole point of the 10th Amendment. Some states would outlaw abortion and others would allow it. Unless there is a Constitutional Amendment on abortion, it should be a state matter. Have you ever read the Constitution? It is not the government's place to dictate what a private company pays its workers. If you do not like where you work, quit. As for LBGT rights, liberals cannot accept the fact that most of America does not support these lifestyles. Gay people have every right under the Constitution. They have the right to due process, bear arms, freedom of religion and speech.
Sean M August 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You have no idea the politics of this country. Conservative wins when offered. NJ Governor Chris Christie is Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage. In a deep blue state, his approval is in the high 50s. Governor Paul LePage of Maine is pro-life. This nonsense on reproductive rights is complete BS. Birth control and abortion mess with a woman's physiology. It is in the same category of all the food problems we have with big business where we consume stuff not natural in the human body. Abortion is not a medical procedure, it destroys human life and leaves a lifetime of regret in a woman. Look at what a 12 week old fetus looks like. It is a mini human. Abortion terminates human life. Social conservatives believe that life is sacred. With that, some pro-life people believe that rape is not a sufficient reason to terminate a life. I understand the position. 60-70% of raped women bring their child to term, according to Right to Life. What abortion is all about is the result of decades of society promoting immoral behavior. Government schools promote a do whatever you want mindset. They give out condoms to kids because "they are just going to do it anyways." Kids are taught to use sex to get what you want.. All it does is leave people alone and miserable. Sex is the result of love, not the precursor to it.


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